OpenStack VPS For WHMCS
About OpenStack VPS For WHMCS
|OpenStack VPS For WHMCS is a module which allows you to automatically provision virtual servers to your customers.|
The great advantage of this module is the fact that customers can order and manage virtual servers, backups and many more in your own WHMCS client area.
- Admin Area Features:
|✔ Create/Suspend/Unsuspend/Terminate Server|
|✔ Change Package - Supports Configurable Options|
|✔ Change Password - Xen Virtualization Only|
|✔ Rescue/Unrescue Server|
|✔ View Server Status And Details|
|✔ View Interface Details|
|✔ View List Of Scheduled Tasks|
|✔ Configure Client Area Features Per Product|
|✔ Define Backup Quantity Limit|
|✔ Set Security Groups|
|✔ Enable Backups Routing|
|✔ Enable Scheduled Backups|
|✔ Toggle VM Protection|
|✔ Apply Custom Rules To Firewall|
|✔ Execute Custom Scripts On Boot|
|✔ Choose Welcome Email For VM Creation|
|✔ Run Extended Connection Test|
- Client Area Features:
|✔ View Server Status And Details|
|✔ Start/Stop/Pause/Unpause/Resume/Rebuild Server|
|✔ Reboot Server - Soft/Hard|
|✔ Reset Network|
|✔ Rescue/Unrescue Server|
|✔ Toggle VM Protection From WHMCS Termination And Rebuilding|
|✔ Change Password For Xen Virtualization|
|✔ Access noVNC VNC, RDP, SPICE Or Serial Console|
|✔ Create/Restore/Delete Backups|
|✔ View/Add/Delete Firewall Rules|
|✔ Toggle Scheduled Backups And Define Time Interval|
|✔ Download Public & Private SSH Keys|
|✔ View List Of Scheduled Tasks|
|✔ View Volumes Information|
|✔ Receive Email Notification After VM Creation|
- Configurable Options:
|✔ VM Image|
|✔ IP Addresses|
|✔ Backups Files Limit|
|✔ Custom Script Files|
- Required Components:
|✔ Gnocchi (Required For Advanced Billing For WHMCS)|
- General Info:
|✔ Automated Generation Of SSH Keys - Public SSH Key Is Injected To VM Automatically|
|✔ Integrated With Advanced Billing For WHMCS v3.2.2 And Later - Actual Server Resource Usage Billing (read more)|
|✔ Integrated With Server Allocator For WHMCS - Automatic Assignment Of Specified Servers To Products (read more)|
|✔ Multi-Language Support|
|✔ Supports Cloud-Init Scripts|
|✔ Supports OpenStack Rocky and Previous|
|✔ Supports OpenStack Gnocchi|
|✔ Supports PHP 5.6 Up To PHP 7.2|
|✔ Supports WHMCS Template Six|
|✔ Supports WHMCS V7.2 And Later|
|✔ Easy Module Upgrade To Open Source Version|
Installation and Configuration
|This tutorial will show you how to successfully install and configure OpenStack VPS For WHMCS. |
We will guide you step by step through the whole installation and configuration process.
|1. Log in to our client area and download the module.|
|2. In the downloaded file you will find two packages that support different PHP versions.|
As presented on the screen below, the first one is dedicated to PHP 5.6 up to PHP 7.0, while the second one is aimed at PHP 7.1 up to PHP 7.2.
It does not apply to open source versions.
Note: You can check the current PHP version in your WHMCS. To do so, proceed to 'Utilities' → 'System' → 'PHP Info'.
|3. Extract the downloaded file and choose the one with the right PHP version. Upload and extract the PHP file into the main WHMCS directory.|
The content of PHP version files should look like this.
|4. When you install OpenStack VPS For WHMCS for the first time you have to rename 'license_RENAME.php' file.|
File is located in 'modules/servers/OpenStackVPS/license_RENAME.php' . Rename it from 'license_RENAME.php' to 'license.php' .
|5. In order to configure your license key, you have to edit the previously renamed 'license.php' file.|
Enter your license key between quotation marks as presented on the following screen.
|6. The last step is setting up a cron job (each 5 minutes suggested).|
Use cron job below but switch 'your_whmcs' with your root WHMCS path.
php -q /your_whmcs/modules/servers/OpenStackVPS/cron/cron.php
Configuration of Server
|7. Now, we will show you how to configure a new product.|
Go to the 'Setup' → 'Products/Services' → 'Servers' and press 'Add New Server' .
|8. Next, enter your server name and connection details.|
Finally, press 'Save Changes' .
|9. After you have configured your server correctly, you can check the connection with the OpenStack server.|
Simply edit the previously created server and press 'Test Connection' as shown on the screen below.
|10. It is time to create a server group. To do so, click on 'Create Server Group'.|
|11. Enter a name, click on your previously created server, press 'Add' and afterward 'Save Changes'.|
Configuration of Product
|12. In order to create and configure a product, go to 'Setup' → 'Products/Services' → 'Products/Services' .|
Click on 'Create a New Group' .
|13. Enter product group name and press 'Save Changes' .|
|14. When you have a product group, you can create your product.|
To create a product click on 'Create a New Product' .
|15. Afterward, choose your product group and type from the dropdown menus, enter your product name and press 'Continue'. |
'Product Type' should be set to 'Hosting Account'.
|16. Now, go to the 'Module Settings' section, choose both 'OpenStackVPS' and your previously created server group from the dropdown menus.|
Module should automatically save and reload settings. If not, click on 'Save Changes' manually.
|17. Start from selecting a 'Default Tenant' .|
'Check access' will return 'OK' if you set up permissions correctly.
|18. Afterward, set up network. Choose 'Fixed Network' , 'Floating Network' and 'Default Number Of IP Addresses' .|
You can set up network in two ways. You can find more information about the configuration here.
|19. At this step you can configure the backups settings.|
Mark the 'Backups Routing' checkbox if you want to allow replacing the oldest backup with a new one when the backup files limit has been reached.
You may also let your clients define the backups tasks, they will be then created automatically according to defined time interval.
|20. Define the virtual machine settings.
Important: It is recommended to leave 'Delete SSH Private Key' marked.
|21. You can also take advantage of the dedicated Volume and set it as the location of your Virtual Machine Disk,
To do so, make sure to tick the Use Volumes checkbox and enter the desired number into the Default Volume Size field.
|22. Next, select features available at the client area.|
Mark the checkbox next to a feature in order to enable it.
|23. In addition, you can also choose whether you want to send a welcome email after the VM has been successfully created by cron.|
This feature can prove useful if you want clients to receive the notification once their VM is ready rather than immediately after product activation.
VPS With Predefined Resources
|Our module allows you to offer OpenStack VPS to your clients in two ways, with either predefined or configurable resources.|
In this section we will show you configuration of VPS with predefined resources.
|24. Select a 'Default Flavor' and 'Default VM Image' .|
'Default Flavour' defined resources assigned to a VM while 'Default VM Image' allows you to choose the VM image used to create a new VM.
|Congratulations! You have just finished the installation and configuration of the module with predefined resources.|
VPS With Configurable Resources
|25. Preparing VPS with configurable options consists of pressing 'Generate default' as shown on the following screen.|
It will prepare default configurable options which can be afterward easily edited as described in this article.
Note: The second and the third options results in creation of a new flavor on your server each time a new order is made.
Custom Security Group
|26. Optionally, you may create a custom security group with customised rules that will be added while creating the virtual machine.|
Select 'Apply Custom Rules' option at Virtual Machine Settings and enable 'Firewall' option in the client area.
|Edit the additionalRules.json file content located at modules/servers/OpenStackVPS/config/additionalRules.json directory.|
That is how a default content of the additionalRules.json file looks like:
|Customize the rules according to your needs by providing:
|Now, that your file is ready, a new security group will be created in your OpenStack panel and visible in the product's Module Settings under 'Use Security Groups' on the product creation.|
The rules are visible for the client in the 'Firewall' section. If you terminate the product, this group will be deleted as well.
Custom Config Scripts
|27. In this area, you can write a custom script using Cloud-Init and arrange it to be executed on newly created VMs.|
This way you can automate your work instead of making all kinds of specific images for specific tasks manually.
|On the example below, we will show an exemplary script responsible for setting the password to 'newpass01' for the Ubuntu root user.|
You can achieve it by writing:
chpasswd: list: | ubuntu:newpass01 expire:False
|You can configure scripts in the same format, but for clients' individual choice when ordering the product.|
All you need to do is add a new configurable option and assign it to the OpenStack VPS product.
|Afterward, your clients can choose during the ordering process:|
Using this method, you can perform assorted actions on newly created machines, e.g.: modifying files, preinstalling & preconfiguring software, executing any statements that would normally be executed via the terminal.
You can add many scripts in the exact way.
| OpenStack VPS For WHMCS allows your customers to manage their OpenStack VPS via the client area in your WHMCS system.|
You can monitor and manage each product from your WHMCS admin area.
|If you decided to select the Use Volumes feature, you will see an additional section named Volumes.|
|Owing to configurable options, you are able to offer a product which your clients can tailor according to their needs.|
Additionally, you are able to set up pricing for each configurable option, which make your offer even more competitive.
|Client area interface of OpenStack VPS should look like the one on the screen below. As you can see, the control panel contains useful options needed for managing a VPS.|
Module allows your customers to easily start/stop, pause/unpause, resume, soft reboot, hard reboot and reset network of their servers through pressing the specific button.
|In case your OpenStack VPS is running with the Use Volumes option, the client area may look a bit different. It will now include an additional section named Volumes|
|The rebuild feature allows your clients to change a server image.|
To reinstall your server, choose an image and confirm through pressing the 'Rebuild' button.
|The rescue mode provides a mechanism for a VM access even in case the VM's image renders the instance inaccessible - e.g. if instance's filesystem becomes corrupted. |
The rescue VM will be launched to permit the user to fix their VM.
Before you continue please note that the rescue VM will be set up with the same network configuration as the real VM.
|When you want to disable the rescue mode, click the 'Unrescue' button. The VM status will then also return to 'ACTIVE'.|
|Your customers can also create backups of their VPS. To do so, press the 'Backups' button.|
In this section you will find three different categories related to backups and their management.
|At the very top you will find a current list of existing and available backups with details on their status, creation date and action button.|
Underneath, you may create backups manually at any moment you need. Simply type in a custom name of your backup and press the 'Backup Now' button.
|Clients are also given the opportunity to crate backups automatically by enabling the option: 'Schedule Backups'. |
When enabled, provide a time interval to wait until the next backup will be created to define the tasks routine. The entered time interval must be higher or equal to the limit defined by your administrator.
Note: The number of backups created manually and those scheduled and created automatically is counted together and their overall sum cannot be higher than the defined limit.
|To restore a VPS from backup, simply press the 'Restore' button next to it.|
As you may notice on the following screen, presented earlier 'First Backup' has been replaced with the created manually 'New Backup' and then 'Second Backup' with the one created automatically.
|One of the most interesting functionality is a noVNC console where your clients can remotely manage their server.|
To access it, simply click on the 'Console' button.
|noVNC is a browser based VNC client. It was implemented using HTML5 Canvas and WebSockets.|
|In the product configuration page you can enable the 'Protect VM After Creation' option which prevents the termination or rebuilt of VM.|
The selected status of this protection will be applied to both admin area and client area.
|Moreover, if the 'Protect VM' option is enabled in the client area, the client will be empowered to toggle the current protection status.|
|The firewall management page allows your customers to view, add or delete existing rules on a security group assigned to the product.|
To add a new firewall rule, use the button marked on the following screen.
|Next, choose the rule type (TCP or UDP), direction (inbound or outbound) and ether type (IPv4 or IPv6).|
Depending on the port you choose, you will be able to add a rule for a single port only, a range of ports or all ports at once. You can also select one of the predefined ports or use a custom one.
Finally, provide a single IP address or specify the range of addresses using the CIDR format (e.g. 10.10.10.1/24) and add rule description if you wish.
Press 'Add' when ready.
Network Configuration Cases
|OpenStack VPS For WHMCS allows you to set up two types of network.|
The first one is a network without a floating IP address.
|The second type of network is the network with a floating IP address.|
Select 'Shared Network' as 'Fixed Network' and 'Public' as 'Floating Network' .
|In case that standard configuration is not fitting your needs, you can adjust it through configurable options.|
To do so, go to 'Setup' → 'Products/Services' → 'Configurable Option' and press the edit button next to a configurable option used by your product.
|Here you can view the products that this configurable option group is assigned to.|
Now we will show you how to edit options. Let's say that you want to add an option to order VPS with 8GB (8192 MB) RAM.
|You will see a popup window, so make sure that your browser will not block it.|
To add a new option, enter it in a textbox under all other options. If you want to replace it with an option you currently have, simply edit its text box.
Management of Billing
|When you combine OpenStack VPS For WHMCS with Advanced Billing For WHMCS, you will be able to set up additional billing options.|
Module allows you to charge your customers based on the server resources used by them.
|With Advanced Billing module, you can also display your customers the current server resource usage, their cost, usage history and charts.|
|1. Due to some requests may take time to be completed, we implemented 'Scheduled Tasks' .|
Tasks visible at 'Scheduled Tasks' are subsequently performed by a cron job.
|2. Important: module has to use admin endpoints instead of public endpoints.|
In properly configured OpenStack server, wget from WHMCS server should be able to get any data from any admin endpoint.
wget openstack:9292 --2014-03-31 09:35:24-- http://openstack:9292/ Resolving openstack(openstack)... 192.168.1.222 Connecting to openstack(openstack)|192.168.1.222|:9292... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 300 Multiple Choices Length: 520 [application/json] Saving to: `index.html' 100%[==========================================================>] 520 --.-K/s in 0s 2014-03-31 09:35:24 (118 MB/s) - `index.html' saved [520/520]
wget openstack:8777 --2014-03-31 09:41:05-- http://openstack:8777/ Resolving openstack(openstack)... 192.168.1.222 Connecting to openstack(openstack)|192.168.1.222|:8777... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 401 Unauthorized Authorization failed.
|3. A primary IP address is always assigned by OpenStack server when a VM is created. Therefore, if you decide to order 2 IP addresses, then 3 addresses will be assigned.|
The primary one and the two additionally ordered. If you wish only one IP address to be assigned to a single product, please set the filed 'Default Number Of IP Addresses' to '0'
or leave it empty in the product's 'Module Settings'.
|Essential guidance through the process of updating the module is offered here.|
Keep in mind there is a quick and easy option in our client area that will let you upgrade the license of your module to an open source version at any time - and at a lower price!
|1. When you have problems with connection, check whether your SELinux or firewall does not block ports.|
|2. In case of persisting connection problems, please make sure you have the following ports open:
8774, 35357, 9292, 5000, 8777, 9696, 8776